Carmen Ross

Name: Carmen Ross
Graduation Year: Fall 2021
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Q. Why did you choose to attend UAB?
I decided to come to UAB because it was one of the few places where I could be on the track team and be involved in other organizations that I’m interested. I knew at UAB, I’d be able to get the experience I wanted in and out of the classroom.

Q. Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far (and why)?
Dr. Jessica Chambliss is the professor I’ve had so far. I took two of her classes during the beginning of the pandemic, and she adapted in a way that made it obvious that she not only cared about us learning the information, but she also cared about us as people, and she taught the class in a way that made a topic that I wasn’t necessarily as excited about interesting.

Q. What is your favorite UAB memory?
My friends and I throughout my time here at UAB try to get dinner together one night a week, and my favorite nights were when we’d spend hours at The Den just spending time together.

Q. How has UAB impacted your life?
UAB has obviously given me a lot of skills and knowledge, but I think the aspect of UAB that’s most impacted my life are the people. I’ve met so many people who have different experiences and cultures than I do, and having so many different perspectives around me has challenged me to expand my thinking and view on the world.

Q. If you were on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do?
My favorite celebrity is Dolly Parton because she’s so humble and compassionate, and she makes sure to give back to her community and the country every chance she gets. If I was sitting next to her on a plane I’d probably pinch myself first and then I’d ask her a million questions.

Q. What is one of your favorite song lyrics (and who is it by?)
Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten (Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield)

Q. The store I frequent the most is __________.
Target–I just can’t help myself.

Q. Describe your day in a six word sentence.
Running everywhere doing things I love.

Q. What word do you overuse most?
Unfortunately, it’s probably “like.” I don’t notice myself saying it, but I know it happens.

Q. The best kind of cake is __________.
Red velvet cake.

Q. What’s the closest thing to you that is green?
My Aloe plant

Q. Who are the people who make your life better?
My parents and grandparents are very supportive, and they also push me to be a better person in every aspect of my life.

Q. What is the best advice you ever received?
If you’re as smart, as funny, or as successful as you think you are, you can afford to be nice, and nice counts.

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